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COURSE CATALOGUE : LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

The Latin American Studies program provides students with an understanding of the many facets of Latin America: its art, literature and history, culture, economics, politics, and environment. The program encourages its majors and minors to develop a theoretical framework for interpreting these facets and to build the skills in language and research methods that will enable them to work effectively in the area. The Latin American Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor. Cross-listed courses, and many courses taken abroad through the programs in Ecuador/Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and elsewhere count for the major and minor. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 10 courses
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives; at least one Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese language course at the fourth semester level or higher; at least three courses in a primary concentration of a) humanities, b) social sciences, history and psychology, or c) environmental studies, and at least three courses outside the primary concentration; a senior year independent study; and a methods course (e.g., a social science research methods course, a translation course, etc.). At least two of the 10 courses in the major must be from the advanced Latin American studies group.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 5 courses
At least two courses in a primary concentration of a) humanities, b) social sciences, history and psychology, or c) environmental studies; at least two courses outside the primary concentration; and at least one Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese language course at the second semester level or above.

LTAM COURSES
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives
LTAM 450 Senior Independent Study

CROSSLISTED COURSES
Humanities
BIDS 286 Gender, Nation, Literature
REL 205 Tongues of Fire
REL 238 Liberating Theology
REL 240 What is Christianity
REL 241 Rastaman and Christ
REL 250 Race and Religion
SPAN 304 Body/Border
SPAN 308 Culture and Identity in Spanish America
SPAN 316 Voces de Mujeres
SPAN 317 Arte y Revolución
SPAN 321 Cuentos de América Latina
SPAN 345 Latin American Literary Frontier
SPNE 226 Screen Latinos
SPNE 311 The Latino Experience
SPNE 322 Theater and Social Change in Latin America
SPNE 325 Special Topics: Hispanic Studies
SPNE 330 Latina Writing in the United States
SPNE 345 The Paradoxes of Fiction: Latin American Contemporary Narrative

Advanced Humanities
SPAN 355 Contemporary Theater: Innovations in Hispanic Drama
SPAN 360 Special Topics: Hispanic Studies
SPAN 365 Literature and Music of the Hispanic Caribbean
SPAN 392 Latin American Women’s Writings
SPAN 420 Contemporary Latin American Novel
SPAN 490 Cervantes: Don Quixote
SPNE 355 García Márquez: The Major Works

Social Sciences, History and Psychology
ANTH 297 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 326 Patterns and Processes in Ancient Mesoamerica Urbanism
ECON 135 Latin American Economies
HIST 205 Modern Mexican History
HIST 226 Colonial Latin America
HIST 231 Modern Latin America
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 255 Latin American Politics
PSY 245 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology

Advanced Social Sciences, History and Psychology
ECON 435 Political Economy of Latin America
HIST 327 Central America and the US
PSY 346 Topics in Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY 347 Research in Cross-Cultural Psychology

Methods  (for the major only)
ANTH 273 Ethnographic Research and Methods
ECON 202 Statistics
EDUC 230 Teaching English Language Learners
POL 263 Philosophy of Political Science
PSY 210 Statistics & Design
SOC 211 Research Methods
SOC 212 Data Analysis
SPAN 231 The Art of Translation
SPAN 306 Linguistica Espanola

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives An introduction to Latin America through histories and novels, commentaries, analyses and movies, from the perspective of those within Latin America and those outside of it. The organization of the course is chronological, starting with accomplishments of the indigenous Americans before major European settlement and ending with the crises and issues of the early 21st century. (S. McKinney, Fall; C. Ristow, Spring)

LTAM 255 Inside the New Cuba This course will trace and explore the evolution of Cuban society from the revolution of 1959 to the present. Drawing upon historical documents, literature, print media, films, and music, the course will examine the impact of the revolution on Cuban society, as well as on the contemporary history of Latin America and the United States. The theory and practice of socialist thought and its effect on the welfare of the Cuban nation will be examined through a variety of lenses, including those of class, race, gender, religion, and sexuality.  Issues of equality and human rights will be discussed in the context of socialist and capitalist economies and political systems, particularly those of Cuba and the U.S. Life in Cuba through the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the U.S. embargo will receive special attention in this course. Through intellectual engagement with text and film, and the personal experience of living in Cuba for three weeks, students will be able to achieve a better understanding of the complexity of this exceptional historical moment in Cuba-U.S. relations, as well as re-imagine the place and reality of a new Cuba in the political map of the 21st century.

LTAM 450 Senior Independent Study The capstone course for the major. Students choose a topic having to do with Latin America or Latinos in the United States and, working with the faculty adviser, research the topic and write a substantial final paper that is shared with the faculty and students of the program.

LTAM 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study

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